Book of Proceedings: Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework – Mental Health Services Training Development Project Report

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Authors: Lori Leach, Ben Walters

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780994570260

Abstract: Paper from the 2019 TheMHS Conference by Lori Leach and Ben Walters. Published as part of the 2019 Book of Proceedings.


Lori is Principal Project Officer at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and currently leads the Sentinel Events Review team which specialises in risk assessment and management training. Lori is concurrently a University of Queensland staff associate with 15 years’ experience in health communication and patient safety research.

A number of fatal sentinel events involving persons with a known or suspected mental illness have been reported in Queensland in recent years. While the number is very low, the effects of these events are devastating for the victims, families, the community and the perpetrators. This paper reports on a training development project to advance violence risk assessment and response in mental health services to support positive consumer and carer outcomes. The project was sponsored by the Queensland Health Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch and conducted by the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning. Throughout the project key stakeholders met and discussed: the review and development of training courses and evaluation proposals; project progress; and how training would support clinical engagement with consumers who pose a risk of violence and promote timely comprehensive assessment and response. Collaborative engagement between these agencies informed directions for the review and development of training for a pilot implementation and evaluation phase, and training course finalisation. Statewide roll out of the training courses will support clinicians apply a prevention-oriented approach to violence risk assessment and response.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Understand how the collaborative relationship between policy developers and clinical education developers informs health professional training and education and how this improves consumer outcomes downstream.
Learning Objective 2: Gain awareness of how Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning training modification and development supports clinicians in their application of the Violence risk assessment and management framework – mental health services (the Framework) to practice. The presentation will include an overview of the project (its aims, process and outcomes), a brief introduction to the Framework, and an overview of the training courses that support clinician understanding of their role.

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